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Sen. Karla Bigham with Minnesota Hemp Association members MN Hemp
LOBBYISTS’ DEBUT: State Sen. Karla Bigham speaks March 5 at the first lobbying event held by the Minnesota Hemp Association.

New group seeks legislation to help Minnesota hemp industry

Minnesota Hemp Association lobbies for the first time in St. Paul.

The Minnesota Hemp Association is seeking legislation that will help promote and expand its young industry in the state.

The association held a press conference in St. Paul on March 5 in conjunction with its first annual lobbying day. During the press conference, MHA announced that legislation has been introduced to strengthen the Minnesota hemp industry.

“We’re here to put a face to the Minnesota hemp industry,” said Joe Radinovich, MHA president. “We’re calling on our legislators to help us lead with the best set of hemp regulations in the country.”

Radinovich was joined by state Sen. Karla Bigham, 54th District, to announce the introduction of legislation that supports key initiatives of MHA that insulates Minnesota-grown hemp from USDA’s “overly stringent” hemp rules, authorizes hemp for use in food and beverages, and clarifies labeling language.

MHA also is considering a future bill that will introduce legislation to make smokable and vapable hemp products only available to adults age 21 and over.

Bigham, a longtime hemp supporter, said she will work others to make Minnesota a leader in the industrial hemp industry.

Other speakers at the press conference included MHA members and hemp business owners John Strohfus of MN Hemp Farms, Sara Kietzer of Journey Organics and Josh Maslowski of Stigma Hemp.

Kietzer commented on the need for partners in government who believe that Minnesota can be a leader in hemp industry.

For more information about the Minnesota Hemp Association, visit

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